According to Interim Police Chief Jason Busby, the victim applied for a $30,000 loan through a website representing itself as Cash Payday Loans. She was instructed to call a telephone number beginning with 347, and was told to put $278 on a Wal-Mart card to cover the processing costs of her loan. Busby said the 347 area code is reserved for landlines in New York City, primarily in Brooklyn.
After entering the information from the card, Busby said the victim was told that there was a problem of some sort, and was told to put another $500 on the card.
After doing this, she was told to make a final payment of $100 on the card before the proceeds of her loan could be deposited into her bank account, starting sometime in July.
Busby said the money never showed up.
In addition to being suspicious of anyone asking for processing fees up front, Busby said it was also important to verify any unfamiliar business through the Better Business Bureau, particularly if there is any exchange of personal information.
Busby said the incident is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation.